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4567 clicks; posted to Business » on 30 Aug 2012 at 8:59 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-08-30 10:05:34 AM  
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bangmaid: I don't have it any more but I used to have a bmw and the only problem I ever had was when the brake pads went, the roters had to be replaced too. It was about a grand to replace each time, and they had to be replaced 3 or 4 times in 100,000 miles.

/other than that, great car
//5 speed 325 ci, 2004
///traded it in for a 2011 ford fusion
////dont know what I was thinking

That wasn't a problem with the car - that was a problem with either you or the guy who sold you the brake pads. Pads only chew into rotors if a) you don't replace them soon enough, or b) they are a high-performance compound. Note: you don't need rotor-eating ceramic pads on a BMW (or any car) unless you're tracking the thing. Semi-metallic (organic) pads are good enough.

Mad_Radhu: Cinaed: My favorite experience with a BMW has, to date, been seeing dozens of them abandoned on roads during a snow storm while my little POS Echo puttered on by.

All of the i models are rear wheel drive, so I can see where they would be dangerous as hell in a snowstorm without chains.

RWD dangerous in a snowstorm you say?

Pish posh! S2000 wearing summer sport shoes, no chains, driving 25 miles with altitude changes over snow and ice.

Granted, I changed over to my snow tires the next day, but it's more about driver than drivetrain. FWD cars are actually worse in bad weather than RWD - too front-heavy, causes them to push right off the road, and the front wheels have to perform double-duty as both power and steering, resulting in less grip available for either job. Remember: any given tire has only a certain amount of grip available to be used for acceleration, braking, and cornering. Use that grip for one thing, and there's less grip available for others. A RWD car can drive and turn at the same time without sacrificing grip - a FWD car cannot. FWD automatically gives you less grip and less control than RWD.

/AWD for the win
2012-08-30 09:52:26 AM  
1 vote:
The common wisdom among mechanics is that the Germans don't understand electronics/electrical systems AT ALL, but are mechanical geniuses.

Here are the rankings:

Japanese cars - good mechanics, great electronics/electrical
German cars - great mechanics, bad electronics/electrical
US cars - okay mechanics, okay electronics/electrical
British cars - bad mechanics, bad electronics/electrical...uh...

There is a reason that Japanese cars are so dominant.
2012-08-30 09:36:29 AM  
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stuhayes2010: Is water in the trunk of your vehicle that never goes off road (not even the SUVs) a common problem?

Can be. Sometimes it's due to condensation, other times it's due to a design defect/leak. Honda S2000s have a design defect that causes a leak into the trunk. You would never know about it if you don't listen for sloshing, or never remove the tool kit. Water pools between the carpeted plastic liner and the actual tub. The leak is actually from the vent opening behind the bumper, which leads into the trunk. It *shouldn't* leak, but the plastic hood they used doesn't quite fully seal the opening, so you get a small stream of water during heavy rain. Easily fixed with caulk, but it causes the trunk liner to rot on most S2000s.

Of course, Honda doesn't put sensitive electronics back there...

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